UFC Fight Night is live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. The headliner is a bout between two ranked heavyweights in #5 Alistair Overeem and #8 Augusto Sakai.
Several fights on this card have been scratched or re-worked:
- Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Alexandr Romanov has been scratched due to a positive Covid-19 test by Rogerio de Lima.
- Thiago Moses vs Jalin Turner has been scratched due to a positive Covid-19 test by Moses.
- Kevin Natividad has been pulled from his fight with Brian Kelleher, and he will be replaced by Ray Rodriguez.
The co-main event between Ovince Saint Preux and Alonzo Menifield was actually scheduled two weeks ago. and is rebooked here due to a positive Covid-19 test. There now is no preliminary card, and all fights will begin at 7:00 p.m.
We’ll be tracking all the results tonight. Below you’ll find the winner, how they secured a victory, and adding gifs and video of exciting moments or stoppages where we can. Follow along throughout the evening.
#5 Alistair Overeem vs. #8 Augusto Sakai: Heavyweight
Winner: Alistair Overeem
Winning Method: Alistair Overeem wins by TKO at :26 of the fifth round.
Sakai was ahead on points likely after two rounds, but once Overeem started putting Sakai on the mat, the ground and pound was just too much. The sounds of the shots were brutal, clapping throughout the empty arena.
Overeem moves to 47-18-2 all time, and keeps himself on track for one more shot at the UFC heavyweight championship.
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Alonzo Menifield: Light Heavyweight
Winner: Ovince Saint Preux
Winning Method: Ovince Saint Preux wins by knockout at 4:07 of the second round.
Just a devastating left hook, and it was over. Saint Preux won the first round too, but that’s academic after this punch.
Michel Pereira vs. Zelim Imadaev: Welterweight
Winner: Michel Pereira
Winning Method: Michel Pereira wins by submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:39 of the third round.
He showboated, threw insane kicks, open-hand slapped his opponent more than once, and at no point was he in the slightest bit of danger. What a fight by Michel Pereira. The takedown that got him the submission was his first of the bout, but this doesn’t even begin to describe the showmanship he brought to the octagon. And he called out Jorge Masvidal immediately after being announced as the winner.
Michel Pereira’s third round submission pic.twitter.com/6FEDHi6aje— Blue Corner Fighting (@blue_fighting) September 6, 2020
Andre Muniz vs. Bartosz Fabinski: Middleweight
Winner: Andre Muniz
Winning Method: Andre Muniz wins by submission (armbar) at 2:42 of the first round.
Brian Kelleher vs. Ray Rodriguez: Featherweight
Winner: Brian Kelleher
Winning Method: Brian Kelleher wins by submission (guillotine choke) at :39 of the first round.
“Boom” is his nickname, and “Boom” when extremely-short-notice replacement opponent Ray Rodriguez. A nice win and very easy paycheck for Kelleher, who faced the third-choice for this fight.
#8 Viviane Araujo vs. #11 Montana De La Rosa: Women’s Flyweight
Winner: Viviane Araujo
Winning Method: Viviane Araujo wins by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28).
A comfortable win for the Brazilian, who only led on significant strikes 78-76, but showed a lot more power behind hers. She moves to 9-2 as an MMA pro and has won six of her last seven fights. Her next fight might get her closer towards a chance at Valentina Shevchenko’s belt at 115.
Cole Smith vs. Hunter Azure: Bantamweight
Winner: Hunter Azure
Winning Method: Hunter Azure wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Azure wins on significant strikes 40-21, 8:01 to 3:09 in ground control, and on takedowns 5-2. Despite some nice work in the third round by Smith, he just ran out of time. With the victory, Azure moves to 2-1 in the UFC and 9-1 overall.
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